Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest

In February 2016, CLiME launched a comprehensive study of housing trends in the City. In May 2016, CLiME led a Rutgers University-Newark anchor initiative that researching laws and policies that might promote more equitable growth in the City as it changes. The following report, "Housing in Newark Research Brief" represents the first installment of our almost year-long work. It provides quantitative snapshots of key variables in Newark’s housing dynamics, some of which have not been publicly reported for several years.

On May 5, 2017 CLiME hosted an interdisciplinary conference around systemic response to psychological trauma in youth. Dr. Alexandra Margevich has written an outstanding summary of the conference, which can be downloaded, below. The full conference agenda, slides and videos can be viewed here.

The number of children living in poverty in Essex County has increased over the past 15 years, with 1 in 3 children now living in poverty. The number of children in highly concentrated poverty has increased, and is spreading from the City of Newark to its inner ring suburbs.
While the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule requires cities to assess their housing stock in order to reduce disparities, the Newark Housing Authority follows the national pattern of dismissing racial integration.
It is with great pride that the Rutgers Center on Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity (CLiME) announces the release of our literature review for the Trauma, Schools and Poverty Project (TSP). "A Critical Review of the Psychological Literature" provides a critical and comprehensive review of the empirical literature literature on the sequelae of childhood exposure to potentially traumatic events (PTEs), with special emphasis on low socioeconomic status populationsat disparate risk for exposure to PTEs across the lifespan.
The presidential election that was too vulgar for us to write about, with accusations too inarticulate to describe policies, and an intimidating atmosphere of racist, nativist and sexist extremism inflaming every imaginable social division, finally received the emotional outcome it created. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in a historic upset destined to be known as the ultimate political demand for change. For those dedicated to working against structural inequality, this may be the transformative change we never imagined.
This past September, CLiME began this series on housing issues in Newark by reporting on a demonstration at City Hall, part of the National Tenants Day of Action. I met many organizers and tenants from the Terrell Homes, who have been fighting to preserve the residences of over 200 families in this public housing development located in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. Terrell first made headlines in 2014 as the tenants fought against talks of demolition. Now the Newark Housing Authority has reinvigorated these talks—and fights—with their 2017 Agency Plan which includes a simple one-line proposal: "The NHA intends to apply for Demolition of Terrell Homes in conjunction with a potential riverside development by the City of Newark.”
"We have to do a better job of assessing the cause of violence, the impact of violence – and this is where trauma-informed care plays a major role," community activist Jack Farrell explains in his interview with CLiME. 
Either New Jersey’s poor have greater access to the resources available in more affluent parts of the state, or the places where New Jersey’s poor live must receive more resources from the areas that have benefited from excluding them.
This memo is the second in a series of documents prepared as part of the Center on Law, Inequality, & Metropolitan Equity's (CLiME) Trauma, Schools, and Poverty project. CLiME does not assume that existing special education or antidiscrimination law in schools is the optimal means for protecting or supporting victims of childhood trauma. More specifically, the antidiscrimination framework will be analyzed through the lens of disability to determine whether children suffering from trauma belong to that protected class and are therefore entitled to certain legal rights. The scope of this memo is limited to New Jersey State law.